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World poverty continued to decline in 2016, and researchers learned more and more about how to help the poor.
In a New York Times essay, the bestselling author criticizes the “selfish side” of thankfulness. But does she misread the research?
Never take a study at face value, including one you read about in Greater Good!
Articles: How Grateful are Americans?By Emiliana R. Simon-Thomas, Jeremy Adam Smith | January 10, 2013
A new poll finds that Americans think their own gratitude is increasing, while everyone else’s is going down. The good news? This is impossible!
Articles: A “Thnx” a Day Keeps the Doctor AwayBy Emiliana R. Simon-Thomas | December 19, 2012
Research predicts gratitude will make people happier and healthier. But we didn't expect our new online gratitude journal, Thnx4.org, to have such a positive impact on participants.
Articles: Gratitude Research: Why Bother?By Jeremy Adam Smith | November 19, 2012
Critics say gratitude is unworthy of scientific study, and shouldn't be promoted in schools. We disagree!
A recent gathering of compassion researchers reveals new discoveries about how and why humans help each other.
New research suggests that evolution selects for altruism, not greed.
Videos and Podcasts: Getting Kids to Listen—Without Nagging!By Christine Carter | January 4, 2012
Wouldn’t it be nice to just ask once?
Raising Happiness: Video: Getting Kids to Listen—Without Nagging!By Christine Carter | January 4, 2012
Wouldn't it be nice to ask just once?
New research by GGSC graduate fellow Jennifer Stellar finds that upper classes are less able to recognize suffering.
Videos and Podcasts: Less Busyness, More FlowBy Christine Carter | September 14, 2011
Christine Carter, Ph.D., and Lindsay Reed Maines discuss how parents and families can overcome feeling overstressed. Part of a video series on parenting produced by the Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley.
Raising Happiness: Video: Why Parental Happiness Comes FirstBy Christine Carter | September 7, 2011
Videos and Podcasts: Why Parental Happiness Comes FirstBy Christine Carter | September 5, 2011
Christine Carter, Ph.D., and Lindsay Reed Maines discuss why kids benefit when parents prioritize their own happiness. Part of a video series on parenting produced by the Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley.
Videos and Podcasts: The Department of MindfulnessBy Jason Marsh | May 2, 2010
Jon Kabat-Zinn discusses what’s next for the science of mindfulness.
A summary of scientific evidence related to cross-race friendships and romantic relationships.
Recent research sheds light on a question that obsesses many people.
A 20-year study of consensually non-monogamous adults reveals seven lessons for anyone who wants to keep love alive.
A new review of many studies suggests that our personality isn't as unchangeable as we think.
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Finds that feeling gratitude produces kind and helpful behavior, even when that behavior is costly to the individual actor.
- "Compassion: An Evolutionary Analysis and Empirical Review"
Compassion evolved as a distinct affective experience whose function is to enable cooperation and protection of those who...
- "From Jerusalem to Jericho"
This article on bystander intervention in emergency situations suggests that we are likely to help a “shabbily dressed”...
- Jeffrey J. Froh’s Laboratory for Gratitude in Youth
Learn more about one of the leading researchers of gratitude.
- Expanding the Science and Practice of Gratitude
The GGSC’s new project which aims to expand the scientific database of gratitude and promote practices of gratitude in...
- The Research Project on Gratitude and Thankfulness
The Research Project on Gratitude and Thankfulness, co-directed by Robert A. Emmons and Michael E. McCullough, is a...
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